Dan graduated from Reaseheath in 2015 with a Foundation Degree in Agriculture before topping up his degree to a BSc at Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh.
Dan’s interest in agriculture began on his family’s farm in Fife where they kept 100 sheep, 17,000 laying hens, and managed 60-70 acres of spring barley. Due to changes in legislation his family diversified into agri-tourism, developing accessible holiday accommodation on their land.
After leaving school, Dan gained experience as a directly employed apprentice on his family’s farm where he completed Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Agriculture. Dan relocated to Cheshire following his decision to enrol at Reaseheath.
Dan’s degree course, delivered over two days a week, allowed him the time to develop his industry knowledge through employment. He forged valuable contacts as an active member of the Middlewich Young Farmers Association while he worked on dairy farms and undertook shearing and lambing contracts.
A chance meeting with Iain Clarke, the then Head of Agriculture at Reaseheath, resulted in Dan pursuing his current career after Iain encouraged him to apply for a vacancy at the college.
In August 2016, Dan joined University Centre Reaseheath as an Instructor in Agriculture. His responsibilities include leading the sheep, machinery, and estate management modules and he lectures on animal health and health and safety issues.